HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Superintendent of The South Bergen Jointure Commission, Dawn Fidanza is resigning after a New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance investigation.  

Hasbrouck Heights School District Business Administrator Dina Messery stated that the South Bergen Jointure Commission, despite reports elsewhere, was not part of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education.  Hasbrouck Heights does have agreements with them for transportation and special education programs, but emphasized that they are a separate school district, and the only connection to Hasbrouck Heights is that they rent office space for the board in a building on Route 17.

The Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance investigation found that:

Sign Up for E-News

  1. Dr. Fridanza had transferred her daughter from the transportation office to the business office without board approval.

  2. Dr. Fridanza had tried to influence performance reports involving her daughter

  3. Dr. Fridanza had covered up security cameras in an effort conceal her daughter’s “comings and goings”

  4. Dr. Fridanza had used profane language in the Hasbrouck Heights School District Business Administrator Dina Messery stated that the South Bergen Jointure Commission, despite reports elsewhere, was not part of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education.  Hasbrouck Heights does have agreements with them for transportation and special education programs but emphasized that they are a separate school district, and the only connection to Hasbrouck Heights is that they rent office space for the board in a building on Route 17.of SBJC employees.

Dr. Fridanza will resign effective December 31, 2017, and will be on leave of absence from November 1 until her resignation.  

What is the South Bergen Jointure Commission

The South Bergen Jointure Commission is a state-approved Board of Education whose mission is to provide services to participating local school districts, with an emphasis on shared services.The Commission is funded entirely by income derived from the provision of services and/or by assessments.The Jointure Commission serves as a lead agency for the purposes of creating consortiums or cooperative enterprises. It provides services in the following areas:

•  Special Education Classes

•  Personnel that are shared by communities

•  Special Education busing

•  Regular Education busing

•  Non-public school busing

•  Athletic and Field Trip busing

•  Professional Development

•  Curriculum Coordination and Development

•  Coordination of Transitional Counseling for participating districts

•  Coordination of School-to-Work programs for participating districts

•  Provide programs for extended school year in special education

•  Provide occupational and physical therapy to participating districts